Secret Rule is another addition to the ever increasing list of female fronted rock bands and, whilst they list the usual groups in Within Temptation, Delain, Epica and Nightwish, it is fair to say that they are a touch heavier than these outfits. They also state Rammstein and Slipknot as bands they admire and you can tell that they have cranked up the guitars because of this. Formed in Italy in 2014, they have rapidly got round to releasing Against – which is already their fifth album but the first that I have heard. They are led by Angela Di Vincenzo, a veritable powerhouse of a singer with perfect vocals that are tremendously powerful yet retain such clarity and purity. She is a singer destined to go places and, hopefully, this will be with Secret Rule too.

Andy Menario is the lead guitarist and he excels with his hard hitting riffs which drive much of the band’s sound. Michele Rappanti on bass and Alex Beccati on drums keep the power output levels on maximum and they help build such an incredible platform that allows Manario to showcase his talents. He is one of those wonderful guitarists who plays only the necessary notes and this makes the band far more devastating and effective. There are the odd growled vocals but these are perfectly in context with their hard and heavy approach over which Di Vincenzo stamps her mark and authority. This is a band worthy of investigation and if their first four albums are anywhere near as good as Against then they are an exceptional talent indeed.

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